Tokyo: A Biography: Disasters, Destruction and Renewal: The Story of an Indomitable City

Tokyo: A Biography: Disasters, Destruction and Renewal: The Story of an Indomitable City

by Stephen Mansfield


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The history of Tokyo is as eventful as it is long. A concise yet detailed overview of this fascinating, centuries-old city, Tokyo: A Biography is a perfect companion volume for history buffs or Tokyo-bound travelers looking to learn more about their destination.

In a whirlwind journey through Tokyo's past from its earliest beginnings up to the present day, this Japanese history book demonstrates how the city's response to everything from natural disasters to regime change has been to reinvent itself time and again. A calamitous fire results in a massive expansion of the city's territory. A debate over the Samurai code creates far-reaching social change. A malleable boy becomes the figurehead for powerful forces which change an ancient feudal society into a modern industrialized power within a generation. Utter destruction wipes the slate clean again so Tokyoites may start all over. And so it goes.

Tokyo's story is riveting, and by the end of Tokyo: A Biography, readers see a city almost unrivaled in its uniqueness, a place that—despite its often tragic history—still shimmers as it prepares to face the future.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780804853040
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
Publication date: 05/12/2020
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 1,176,505
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Stephen Mansfield, an author and freelance photojournalist based in Japan, has contributed to over 60 magazines, newspapers and journals worldwide. His books include Tokyo: A Cultural and Literary History, Japanese Stone Gardens: Origins, Meaning, Form and Japan's Master Gardens.

Table of Contents

Preface 7

Introduction 11

Chapter 1 The Master Plan 19

Chapter 2 The Restive City 47

Chapter 3 The Great Meiji Bazaar 69

Chapter 4 The Flammable City 101

Chapter 5 Hachiman, God of War 119

Chapter 6 Occupying Bodies 137

Chapter 7 The Independent City 155

Chapter 8 Fault Lines 173

Afterword Plural Zones 187

Bibliography 196

Filmography 201

Index 203

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